>Lennart Nilsson wrote: > >We use mathematics as a meta-language, just like you kan describe what is >said in latin by using italian. That does not make italian >logically/evolutionary prior to latin of course.
But in this case we are using mathematics to describe actual events in the real world, specifically the way gene frequencies change over time in response to natural selection. Surely these events were obeying the same mathematical laws even before we could describe them as doing so using whatever specific mathematical symbols we use to represent these laws, in just the same way that "the earth is round" is a statement describing a fact that was true before we came up with the words "earth", "round", etc. In other words, it's the specific mathematical symbols we use to represent mathematical truths that are analogous to italian or some other human language, but they represent truths that have been true all along, just like the earth has been round all along even before humans came up with the language to describe it (or don't you believe it makes sense to say that?) Jesse --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---